Dushanbe, 15 August 2022 (TDI): The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, Muzaffar Huseinzoda, received and met the Acting Head of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Program Office, Tea Jaliashvili, in Dushanbe on Monday.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the challenges in strengthening cooperation between Tajikistan and OSCE and the cooperation within the military, political, economic-environmental, and human dimensions.

Both parties also discussed some other issues of mutual concern.

Tajikistan-OSCE Relationship

Tajikistan is one of 57 member countries of the OSCE organization, and there is an OSCE Programme Office in Tajikistan. This Programme Office is an OSCE field operation based in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe.

The Programme Office in Dushanbe is involved in a wide range of activities within Tajikistan, including arms control, counter-terrorism, border management, disaster risk reduction, good governance, and gender equality.

In June 2022, OSCE Secretary-General, Helga Maria Schmid, visited Tajikistan on a two-day visit. During her visit, she met the President and Foreign Minister of Tajikistan and other important dignitaries.

During this visit and in her bilateral meetings, the Secretary-General highlighted the broad cooperation the OSCE and Tajikistan enjoy. She said, “We are enhancing our support to Tajikistan to help mitigate the range of challenges stemming from instability in Afghanistan. We are working together on border management.”

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The OSCE is the World’s largest regional security organization with 57 member states from Asia, Europe, and North America.

It is a political dialogue forum that covers a wide range of security issues. It is also a platform for joint action to improve the lives of individuals and communities.

The organization originated in the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe held in Helinski, Finland, in 1975.

Furthermore, the organization’s mandate over its members includes issues of arms control, promotion of human rights, freedom of the press, and free and fair elections.